_Emmanuel Macron was apparently inspired by James Bond for his wedding gift for Prince Harry, something the Queen, who once had a supporting role in a Bond-themed 2012 Olympics video, might like. The president of France will gift Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, a bespoke piece from lighter and pen manufacturer S.T. Dupont’s 007 Collection, per a press release.
The gift will include two engraved pens, a lighter, and a vanity case.
Why didn’t Macron gift the royal pair a blender or something practical from Target, like a normal wedding guest? First of all, it’s not likely Harry and Meghan have a registry at Target (though Meghan likely went to a few in her American youth), and second of all, when you’re the President of France, you have some protocol to follow.
The company’s press release notes that in 1947, the President of France gifted then-Princess Elizabeth a S.T. Dupont Moroccan Blue bespoke travel case before her wedding to Prince Philip. President Sarkozy did the same for Prince William and Kate Middleton at their wedding in 2011.
That particular gift included a white leather pouch for Kate, as well as a conference pad. It also came with letter paper and writing instruments. William got a conference pad with letter paper and a set of writing instruments and a lighter in the brand’s “Windsor” line.
This traditional French gift is pretty low-key compared to other gifts that royals have received over the years from other countries. When King Felipe VI of Spain married Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in Spain the people of the Asturian capital, Oviedo, gave them a gigantic jigsaw puzzle . . . of themselves. Visitors at a local shopping mall assembled it, per Mental Floss.
Perhaps even stranger was the gift of one ton of peat that the village council of Somerset gifted Prince Charles and Diana on their wedding day in 1981.
It’s safe to say that a ton of peat doesn’t travel as well as a lighter.